Mugen has already worked its magic on Honda's new compact SUV.
While we're still waiting for the US version to arrive, the new Honda HR-V has already debuted in Europe. In Japan, the new HR-V is known as the Vezel, and it was revealed a few months ago. Compared to its predecessor, the new HR-V features a sleeker coupe-style design and an innovative hybrid powertrain. Japanese tuner Mugen has now spiced up the SUV's styling with an array of new performance parts. Admittedly, the changes are subtle, but they help make the HR-V look even more visually dynamic.
Owners can add several sporty components to the exterior including a new tailgate spoiler, a roof-mounted wing, garnishes for the front grille, and side skirts.
Contrasting roof and side decals are also available to give the SUV a stylish two-tone exterior finish, along with custom floor mats, and lightweight two-tone 18-inch wheels costing 50,600 yen ($468) each. As for mechanical upgrades, Mugen offers a custom sports exhaust system 126,500 yen ($1,170) and a new air filter sourced from Super GT and Super Formula race cars.
No power upgrades are available yet, but we're hoping Mugen can extract more performance from the new HR-V in the near future. In Europe, the Honda HR-V packs a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors producing a combined output of 129 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque.
We're still waiting to find out details about the American version of the next-generation Honda HR-V, but Honda has confirmed it will be significantly different to its Japanese and European counterparts to "meet the distinct needs of US customers."
Since production of the HR-V has ended for the 2021 model year, we're expecting the new version to arrive later this year and go on sale for the 2022 model year. There's a good chance it will also share the same electrified powertrain as overseas models.